Teachers Receive Highest Education Award

Teachers Receive Highest Education Award From President
Posted on 10/21/2019
Presidential Awards

Karina Moran, a K-8 mathematics resource teacher, and Lorraine Plageman, a physics teacher at Jupiter Community High School, have each received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

Established in 1983, the PAEMST is the highest award given by the U.S. government to K-12 teachers of mathematics, science, and computer science. Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

Honorees attended a ceremony in Washington, D.C. to receive their award, with winners representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, and schools in the United States territories of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands.

Karina Moran - K-8 Mathematics Resource Teacher, Teaching and Learning

Karina MoranKarina Moran received her bachelor’s degree in education from Florida International University. She is certified in pre-kindergarten through third grade elementary teaching, first through sixth grade elementary education, and K-12 English for Speakers of Other Languages.

She has been an educator for more than 20 years. She has taught all subjects at the elementary levels and most recently taught the Accelerated Math Plan (AMP) to third, fourth, and fifth grades at Manatee Elementary School. She previously taught at elementary schools around Florida and in New York. 

Moran strives to be a lifelong learner who seeks to impart a growth mindset in her students. She has learned through perseverance that dreams can come true. She immigrated to the United States from Argentina at the age of 13, not knowing the language or culture, and was determined to make a better future for herself and her family.

“Receiving recognition for my passion is making a little girl’s dream come true,” Moran said. “After teaching for more than 20 years and learning from my students, colleagues, and leaders in the field of mathematics, I feel validated for the out-of-the-box ideas, hours spent planning, and resourcing innovative lessons.”

Lorraine Plageman – Physics Teacher, Jupiter Community High School

Lorraine PlagemanLorraine Plageman earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Florida International University. She was in the inaugural class of teachers coming from industry to participate in the alternate certification program at Florida Atlantic University. She is certified in physics and is an Educational Media Specialist. 

She has been teaching at Jupiter High since 1989. After working as a teaching assistant in college, she realized how much she enjoyed explaining difficult concepts to people in a way they could understand.

“After I became a mother, I realized teaching was a way to share my distinctive ability with others while spending more time with children,” Plageman said. “Teaching allows you to give others experiences that have the potential to shape their lives. They, in turn, contribute to society – it’s a ripple or domino effect.”

Receiving the PAEMST is an important accomplishment in Plageman’s career, and after decades in the classroom, she remains committed to making science come alive for her students.

“I hope they remember that physics has to do with every facet of their life and sometimes it can be fun to learn about,” Plageman said. “I love what I do and have fantastic students who are happy and eager to learn, and that keeps me going.”

To be considered for the 2020 award visit: PAEMST Nomination Form

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